Archive for July, 2009

July 30th storytime: bath time

There was lots of splooshing and galooshing (not to mention scrub a dubbing) today in storytime as we read and sang about taking a bath. Our early literacy skill of the day was phonological awareness.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, this is the way we take a bath, 1 little 2 little bubbles, head shoulders knees and toes, tail of the pig goes round, alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

dance with scarves to Bubble by Mommie, thumbs up rhyming game

Books:

Splash!

Squeaky Clean

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: Phonological awareness is the first component that supports the development of reading skills. It is the ability to hear and work with the spoken language, or the smaller sounds that make up words.

aside #2: Singing improves phonological awareness by breaking words into sounds and syllables, this helps children learn the correct letter sounds that are so important for speech and reading. One great way to have fun with singing is by adapting familiar songs and rhymes.

aside #3: When you read rhyming books aloud, pause before the last word in a rhyme and let the children guess what that word might be. Don’t worry if your children don’t guess the first few times. Books that allow children to participate in this way are great books for developing phonological awareness.

Lane Library book information

Splash!

Squeaky Clean

Bubble by Mommie–from the cd Mommie’s Dearest

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July 23rd storytime: the wrong animals are in the house!

Eek! There aren’t supposed to be cows in the kitchen! Today in storytime we read and sang about the wrong animals in the house. Our early literacy skill of the day was vocabulary.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, head shoulders knees and toes, teddy bear teddy bear, You are my sunshine (w/cd), alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

bones no bones, what animal is hiding behind the curtain game, little mouse little mouse game

Books:

Cows in the Kitchen

How to Hide an Elephant in Your Room

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: One of the most important skills you can give your young children is a large vocabulary. Knowing lots of words, having a large vocabulary, helps children not only understand what they later learn to read, it also helps them recognize words when they later try to sound them out. Today we’ll see how the language of books expands your child’s vocabulary.

aside #2: Researchers have found that children with a large vocabulary, who have heard a lot of different words, find it easier to learn to read when the time comes. Do not replace unfamiliar words when you are reading to your child, use them and explain them if necessary.

aside #3: Talking about the books that you read and their pictures is a great way to help your child develop vocabulary skills. Be sure to build on the concepts presented and talk about the words that you learned at other times during the day too.

Lane Library book information

Cows in the Kitchen

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July 16th storytime: We're going places

We were going places today in storytime, as we read and sang about trucks and other vehicles.   Our early literacy skill of the day was phonological awareness.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, head shoulders knees and toes, Old McDonald had a truck,  wheels on the bus, she’ll be driving a (color) car when she comes, alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

let’s go on a trip in our truck, red light green light jumping, ‘what word starts with the ‘t’ sound game

Books:

Red Truck

I Love Trucks

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1:  Today in storytime we’ll talk about the early literacy skill phonological awareness. This is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words, including rhyming and beginning sounds.

aside #2:  Having your children hear and make the sounds of vehicles or of animals is a fun way to help them develop phonological awareness.

aside #3:  Rhyming is one way that children learn to hear that words are made up of smaller parts. By saying, reading, and singing rhymes with your children, you are supporting phonological awareness. This skill helps them when they start to sound out words to read.

Lane Library book  information

Red Truck

I Love Trucks

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July 9th storytime: city and jungle animals

Rawr!  We had fun in a storytime jungle today, as we read and sang about jungle animals.   Our early literacy skill of the day was print motivation.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, 5 little monkeys sitting in a tree, 1 elephant went out to play, eency weency spider (songboard), alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

march around the city to find animals, birds nest activity, jungle animal peekaboo, jungle animal beginning sounds

Books:

City Animals

If You’re Happy and You Know it

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: Research shows that there are six early literacy skills that influence a child’s ability to learn to read.  Today we will talk about print motivation, which is a child’s interest in and enjoyment of books.

aside #2: One way to encourage the development of print motivation is to make sure that you and child have fun while you read. Let your child see that you enjoy reading to them. Be sure to pick a time of day to read when your child will be relaxed and responsive. You know the best times of day for your child, take advantage of them and have fun reading a book.

aside #3:  It’s good to find books that have that little something special that will help keep your child interested in reading the book. Pop-ups, books like this one where you can incorporate a song and motion, and books about things that your child really likes will keep them interested in the book as you read it to them.

Lane Library book  information

If You’re Happy and You Know It

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July 2nd storytime: colors

We were bright and shiny in storytime today, as we read and sang about colors.   Our early literacy skill of the day was vocabulary.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, if you like the color___ clap your hands, this little piggie (for pink), you are my sunshine (for yellow), teddy bear teddy bear (for brown), alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

pretend paint pretend objects with certain colors, color dance with scarves to All My Colors by Ralph Covert

Books:

Mouse Paint

Snappy Little Colors (my personal book)

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: We talked about the early literacy skill vocabulary, or knowing the names of things.  I explained that there is a clear vocabulary progression: things, feelings, concepts, ideas.  Since color is a concept, the color words and their meanings can be difficult to grasp.

aside #2: Why develop your child’s vocabulary? kids need to know the meaning of words to understand what they are reading

aside #3:  You know if you are reading a word correctly if you have heard it before, in other words you are sounding it out. The more words children hear, the more ready they will be to make connections when they read.

Lane Library book and cd information

Mouse  Paint

Ralph Covert: Ralph’s World

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June 25th storytime: hippity hop, little bunnies

We hip hopped our way through storytime today, as we read and sang about rabbits.   Our early literacy skill of the day was print awareness.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, my ears are starting to wiggle, do your ears hang low, eency weency spider (songboard), alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

rhyming activity with -unny, little bunny little bunny

Books:

Bunny Fun

Overboard

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: We talked about the early literacy skill print awareness, which is an awareness of how books work. I explained that print awareness is how we know that we read the words on the page, not the pictures, and we read from front and back, top and bottom, left to right

aside #2: Choosing books that have interesting or larger type helps develop your child’s print awareness.

aside #3:  I explained that I pointed to some of the words in the book, the ones with larger type, as I read them. This helps children understand that it is the words we are reading, which develops print awareness.

Lane Library book information

Bunny Fun

Overboard!

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